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A. Advanced GPS and autopilot flying
Now that I'm able to fly departures, arrivals, and approaches by hand, I like to learn to fly complete IFR flights using the GPS and the autopilot too.
B. IFR flight from a towered airport to another using TECs
My first IFR flight from one towered airport to the next. I learn about the use of TEC routes.
C. Conventional IFR flight from a towered airport to another
A normal IFR flight with conventional enroute planning.
D. IFR flight from an untowered airport to another
Here I fly IFR from and to an airport without any tower controllers.
E. IFR flight with VFR-on-top
The sun always shines above the clouds. I request VFR-on-top during cruise to fly VFR until I start my arrival to the airport and need to go back into the soup.
F. IFR flight with block altitudes
While enroute, I request a 'block altitude' to freely pick my own cruising altitude to avert cloud tops or turbulence for a limited time.
G. Picking up and closing IFR enroute
I like to learn how to pick up IFR during any VFR flight, in case I may unexpectedly run into IMC.
H. Lost communication procedures
What should I do when my radios fail in IMC? I like to be ready when Keith jumps aboard and messes me up ;)
I. GPS failure
Same goes for my GPS when flying RNAV departures, arrivals or approaches. I like to learn how to quickly switch gears from GPS to conventional instrument procedure flying when I need to.